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ttytype - Man Page

terminal device to default terminal type mapping


The /etc/ttytype file associates termcap(5) and terminfo(5) terminal type names with tty lines. Each line consists of a terminal type, followed by whitespace, followed by a tty name (a device name without the /dev/ prefix).

This association is used by the program tset(1) to set the environment variable TERM to the default terminal name for the user's current tty.

This facility was designed for a traditional time-sharing environment featuring character-cell terminals hardwired to a UNIX minicomputer. It is little used on modern workstation and personal UNIX systems.



the tty definitions file.


A typical /etc/ttytype is:

con80x25 tty1
vt320 ttys0

See Also

termcap(5), terminfo(5), agetty(8), mingetty(8)


2024-05-02 Linux man-pages 6.9.1